Sex Crimes in Mississippi
There are numerous sex crimes in Mississippi with a variety of sentencing options.
The list includes, but is not limited to:
Statutory rape is having sex with a child who is at least 14 but under 16 years of age, or with a child who is not a spouse and is 3 years younger, and the defendant is 17 years of age or older. The age of consent in Mississippi is 16. Consent or the victim's lack of chastity is not a defense to statutory rape.
Rape is forcing another to have sex or having sex with a person who has been given drugs or alcohol, which prevents them from consenting to sex. A victim's lack of chastity may be a defense to rape if it affects the victim's credibility on the issue of rape.
Sexual Battery: sexual penetration of:
*another person without consent; or
*A mentally defective/incapacitated or physically helpless person; or
*A child who is at least 14, but under 16 years of age; or
*A child who is 3 years younger than the defendant; or
* A child who is under 14 years of age (unless the defendant is within 2 years of the victim's age); or